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Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center

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Address
2351 Veteran’s Road West
Staten Island, NY 10309
Latitude 40.53758
Longitude -74.225349

Summer Events & Programs
Group Programs

The Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center offers interactive exhibits and environmental education programs. Come learn about the Preserve's natural environment and rich history of the Lenape, the Free Blacks of Sandy Ground, the clay-miners, and organic farmer Herbert Gericke. Historical artifacts as well as wildlife specimens native to Staten Island's south shore are on display. Visitors can get up close and personal with live animals, enjoy the touch discovery station, look through a children's stereoscope or play in the kid's activity area. Be sure to venture outside and explore the miles of trails that wander among meadows, forests, wetlands, streams and to Sharrotts Pond.

The Interpretive Center offers environmental education programs year round for schools at all grade levels as well as interpretive programs, hikes, and themed walks for youth organizations and the general public. Contact the Center for more information on public, school, scout or camp programs.

Hours of Operation

  • The Interpretive Center is open Tuesday – Saturday 9 AM to 4:30 PM with exhibits, classroom space, games, and access to Preserve trails.
  • The Park Office, located at 83 Nielsen Ave, Staten Island, NY is open 9 AM – 5 PM daily. Phone: (718) 967-1976 The Preserve gounds are open dawn to dusk.

Fees & Rates

  • Program Fees
  • All programs are FREE of charge. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Tue 26 Nov
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Explore a different nature theme each week during this indoor free play group. A guided story time begins at 10:30 am followed by a short hike at 11:00 am, weather permitting. Ages 0-3.

 

Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Sat 30 Nov
Art in the Park: Recycled and Repurposed
Saturday, November 30, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Make gifts and keepsakes out of recycled materials! Bring clean bottles, cans, old shoes, hangers, CDs, or anything else that you would like to repurpose. All ages welcome. RSVP by calling 718-605-3970 x201.
Registration: Required
Tue 03 Dec
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Explore a different nature theme each week during this indoor free play group. A guided story time begins at 10:30 am followed by a short hike at 11:00 am, weather permitting. Ages 0-3.

 

Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Sat 07 Dec
Meditation Hikes
Saturday, December 7, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

First Saturday of the month October—December, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 10/5, 11/2, 12/7

Join us for a hike on our trails to a scenic spot to meditate with meditation leader Jennifer D’Orazio. Adults/teens only.

Tue 10 Dec
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Explore a different nature theme each week during this indoor free play group. A guided story time begins at 10:30 am followed by a short hike at 11:00 am, weather permitting. Ages 0-3.

 

Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

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